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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WEEKEND RECAP

Latvia stuns Finland while Canada's Hodgson scores game-winner over Swiss

Monday, 05.12.2014 / 10:26 AM / News
By Chris Ryndak  - Sabres.com
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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS WEEKEND RECAP
Weekend recap of the Sabres in action at the 2014 IIHF World Championships in Belarus.

The IIHF World Championships rolled along over the weekend in Minsk, Belarus. The four Buffalo Sabres players participating in the tournament all found themselves on the winning side of at least one of their games. All of the games were decided in the third period.

Latvia, coached by Sabres bench boss Ted Nolan, continues to make waves in the hockey world. In their opening game of the tournament on Saturday, they defeated Team Finland for the first time in international competition.

Zemgus Girgensons

For the World Championships, the Latvians returned 14 players from the 2014 Olympic roster including Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons, Kaspars Daugavins and goaltenders Edgars Masalskis and Kristers Gudlevskis. Masalskis stopped 22 shots in the 3-2 win while Pekka Rinne made 23 saves for Finland.

Arturs Kulda put Latvia up with 7:38 to play in regulation and the team was able to hold on for the victory. Daugavins finished with a goal and an assist.

Girgensons was on the ice for Latvia’s game-tying goal 7:48 into the third period and he finished the game with a plus-1 rating.

However, the Latvians fell to Germany on Sunday by a score of 3-2. Thomas Oppenheimer scored on a penalty shot with 4:34 left in the game to break the tie and win the game.

For those looking ahead to the 2014 NHL Draft, Leon Draisaitl, ranked fourth among skaters playing in North America by NHL Central Scouting, is playing for Team Germany. He assisted on Germany’s game-tying goal in their 2-1 win over Kazakhstan on Saturday but was held without a point on Sunday in 13:42 of ice time against Latvia.


Forward Cody Hodgson scored the goal-ahead goal at the 7:07 mark of the third period in Canada’s 4-1 win over Slovakia on Saturday. With the game tied 1-1, Hodgson wristed a shot past the glove of goaltender Jan Larco to put the Canadians in the lead.

Hodgson’s goal opened the floodgates for Canada as they were able to score two more goals before the final buzzer.

Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers picked up an assist and a plus-2 rating in 20:10 of action.

Canada, coming off a shootout loss to France on Friday, was looking to make a statement in the tournament. Joel Ward scored twice and Ben Scrivens stopped 23 shots.


Defenseman Jake McCabe, who played seven games with the Sabres toward the end of the season after his junior year at Wisconsin, skated 13:34 for Team USA in its 3-2 victory over Switzerland on Saturday. McCabe was on the ice for the winner and ended the game with a plus-1 rating and one shot on goal.

Peter Mueller, Craig Smith and Tyler Johnson scored for the Americans. Johnson’s game-winner came with 6:45 to play in the third.

Both the U.S. and Canada are back in action on Monday. The Americans will take on Russia while Team Canada will face the Czech Republic. Latvia next plays on Tuesday against Kazakhstan.

Canada is in Group A while the U.S., Latvia and Germany are in Group B. Team USA and Latvia are scheduled to meet on Thursday.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82